MARKETS Voice Commerce: great potential for purchasing via voice control

Every second consumer uses voice control. There is still a reluctance to make purchases with voice commerce because of technical barriers and data protection. Experts forecast a multi-billion market.

October 17, 2018

MARKETS Market for children’s clothing shows saturation tendencies

Only slight growth rates and this despite rising birth rates. A new study by IFH Köln and BBE Handelsberatung focuses on the highly competitive market for children’s clothing.

October 15, 2018

HARDWARE Öko-Test checks baby sleeping bags and criticizes insufficient warnings

For safe sleep in young children, experts recommend the use of baby sleeping bags. By using a sleeping bag, the risk of sudden child death can be reduced by about more than twenty percent. Öko-Test te…

October 11, 2018

MARKETS Strong sales increase in the third quarter of online trading

The current figures for the 3rd quarter of 2018 of the major consumer survey conducted by the German E-Commerce and Distance Selling Trade Association (Bundesverband E-Commerce und Versandhandel Deuts…

October 11, 2018

MARKETS Rental services: Respond flexibly and cost-effectively to changing children’s needs

In Germany there are more and more rental services for baby and childen’s toys, clothing or outfitting. In addition to established providers such as and, more and mor…

October 11, 2018

FASHION Öko-Test calls for children’s rubber boots free of harmful substances

Öko-Test has tested 16 children’s rubber boots for harmful substances. In the past, the rubber boots tested repeatedly attracted attention due to their extremely high pollutant load. Accordingly, the…

October 9, 2018

MARKETS Shopping without borders: Payment methods are crucial for cross-border e-commerce

Buying products and services online has long been part of everyday life. 80 percent of Germans shop on online at least once a month, primarily with German providers. A study by the financial services…

October 8, 2018

MARKETS Germany’s best online shops 2018 selected

On 20 September 2018, the best online shops in Germany 2018 were honored in Berlin. In the child & baby category,, and are among the consumer favorites.

October 8, 2018

MARKETS HDE consumption barometer shows negative trend in consumer sentiment

According to the current HDE consumption barometer, Germans expect falling incomes and rising prices and are increasingly insecure. The German Retail Association is calling for political intervention.

September 25, 2018

MARKETS Kaufhof and Karstadt merge to become a joint omnichannel provider

The aim of the merger is to make the retail business fit for the future. In addition, one of the leading Omnichannel providers is to be created.

September 25, 2018

MARKETS Face recognition in trade: curse or blessing?

The use of face recognition technologies is undoubtedly controversial. In recent times, tests have repeatedly shown what biometric face recognition can do, but also that the technology does not yet ap…

September 20, 2018

MARKETS Good economic conditions for Kind + Jugend

In the first three years of their offspring’s life, Germans spend around 1,097 euros on baby and children’s equipment. Overall, industry sales rose by two percent to over 2.5 billion euros. This means…

September 20, 2018

MARKETS Slump: Zalando share collapses unexpectedly

The fashion company Zalando from Berlin is suffering economically from the big summer heat wave. The share of the online giant collapses by around 18 percent. For the second time within six weeks, Zal…

September 18, 2018

MARKETS Fake shops cheat millions of Germans

In the search for the cheapest price, online shopping often involves apparently smaller retailers who offer the goods at ridiculously low prices. Behind them are mostly fraudsters who cash in but don’…

September 18, 2018

COMPANIES New Packaging Act replaces Packaging Ordinance

The new Packaging Act will come into force on 1 January 2019, replacing the previous Packaging Ordinance. Every retailer who places packaging filled with goods on the market will then be responsible f…

September 13, 2018